Arsenal reaction to drawing AS Monaco in the Champions League

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Arsene Wenger would have been doubly please with the Uefa Champions League draw after his Arsenal side were gifted a relatively easy tie against AS Monaco in the round of 16.

In a draw that could have seen them paired with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Arsenal were given an excellent chance to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2009/10 season, drawing the principality club. 

It will also reunite Wenger with the club he managed for eight years throughout the 80s and 90s. Overall it's been a good morning for the Gunners, so let's take a look at some of the best reactions from fans and players on social media.

Aaron Ramsey

Mesut Ozil

Piers Morgan


David Miles

The club secretary was Arsenal's representative at the draw and spoke to Sky Sports immediately afterwards. Expertly neutral, Miles stated that, despite the seemingly easy draw, the Gunners would be foolish to take the Ligue 1 side for granted.

"As the draw progressed it was evident a lot of the big teams have gone," he told Sky Sports.

"We are delighted to be here when you consider it's 17 consecutive years in the Champions League; it's a fantastic achievement for Arsene Wenger and the players. We are very much looking forward to the game and being at the top table of European football.

"We have picked some of the biggest teams in Europe over the last five years. We aren't taking anything for granted; Monaco have earned the right to be here.

"All the fans have high expectations [...] it will be great to at least get through this round of 16 and press on and kick on from there. Overall we're taking nothing for granted but we are pleased with the draw."

The stats

Christmas certainly came early for Wenger, who had only recently admitted his desire to draw Monaco in the next round. While the Arsenal manager wanted it for sentimental reasons, there is also plenty to get excited about from a footballing perspective.

Incredibly, AS Monaco won their group despite scoring only four goals in the group stages. That is the fewest of any club left in the competition. However, they did only concede one. No side left in the competition have created less chances (32) than Monaco either.

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